Meet Our Guides

Our Full-Time Staff

Each member of Journey Quest’s staff has a heart for Jesus Christ and to see the lives of kids and adults changed by the power of the gospel. Combined they have over 60 years experience in Christian camping and wilderness ministry. They are dedicated to the ministry and passionate for God’s creation.

2020 Guide Team

As we near the start of our 2020 season, we are excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer. We can’t wait to see how God will work through each and every one of them. This page will be updated throughout the spring, so check back often.

Join Our Team

Each summer we hire a guide team to serve our guests. We seek staff who have a passion to know and serve Jesus Christ, a heart to minister to youth and families, and a desire to serve in an outdoors-based wilderness ministry. If that’s you, consider applying for the next summer!

Mark & Sarah Anderson

President / CEO

Mark grew up in the Chicago area and moved out to Colorado in 1992 to serve at Camp Redcloud, a Christian camp in Southwest Colorado. God used Mark’s first year there to bring Mark to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he served there for several more years before he helped start a wilderness ministry at Redcloud’s sister camp in New-Zealand. In 1997, Mark joined the staff at Reachout Expeditions (now YD Adventures) in Oregon where, despite his fear of water, he became a whitewater raft guide. Mark stayed at YD for nine years guiding river trips, mountaineering adventures, and eventually serving as Program Director.

Sarah grew up in Greeley, Colorado, and loves outdoor adventure. While attending Trinity Western University, she guided for several summers at YD Adventures in Oregon. This is where she met Mark, and they were married in 2001. Sarah has a passion for wilderness ministry, discipleship, gourmet cooking, and hospitality.

Mark & Sarah returned to Colorado in 2005 to direct Camp Redcloud’s wilderness ministry and youth discipleship programs until 2011. During this time they began to sense God’s leading to start a new wilderness ministry in Colorado, and in early 2011 they began the process of starting Journey Quest.

Mark & Sarah have 5 young children who love outdoor adventures and climbing all over all our staff. Mark is a Wilderness EMT, a Swiftwater & High-Angle Rescue instructor for Rescue 3 International, and a certified river guide instructor. Sarah is a Wilderness EMT and a certified river guide and trip-leader.

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Steve Nutting

Program Director

Steve grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where he developed a passion for Christ, the outdoors, and youth ministry. He sensed God’s call to ministry while serving as a counselor at a Christian camp during the summer of 1996, and served as a guide and supervisor for 15 years at Camp Redcloud in Lake City, Colorado. In 2011 Steve joined with Mark & Sarah to help start Journey Quest. Steve has a passion for seeing the lives of youth and adults changed through an encounter with God in His creation.

Like anyone at a small organization, Steve wears many hats and oversees Journey Quest’s marketing, web-design, multi-day ministry trips, rock-climbing, and backcountry programs.

Steve is an avid mountaineer, climber, hiker and skier. He attended Jackson Hole Bible College where he earned a Diploma in Biblical Foundations, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness EMT-Intermediate. When not out in the mountains, Steve enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, graphics design, technology, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Steve is a moonlight web-developer and graphics designer, and often volunteers with the local EMS and Search and Rescue teams.

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Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness is a second-year guide who hails from Virginia. Currently, he is studying for an Associates in Fire Science at Colorado Mountain College, Leadville. He is a certified Firefighter and EMT-b and after graduating from the CMC Fire Academy he now works with Leadville Lake County Fire & Rescue. Kyle loves mountain biking, hiking, frisbee, listening to music, playing instruments (piano and currently learning the uke and harmonica), longboarding, 4-wheel driving, picking flowers (yes, really! Like, a LOT!) and thrift shopping for vintage literature! What warms his heart most, though, is spending time with dear friends. Kyle is continually learning what it means to walk through the deserts and how God can sustain and provide despite Kyle’s sinful nature to wander. He is looking forward to seeing God grow and mature those who come to Journey Quest, patron or staff, and for God to openly parade His beauty and goodness through Journey Quest and it’s staff. Kyle can’t wait to be challenged, be goofy, be serving, be filled up, be poured out, and be more like Christ.

Luke Frost

Luke Frost

Luke Frost in returning to Journey Quest for his second summer this year. He’s originally from a small town called Marondera located in Zimbabwe where he spent the first 12 years of his life. He moved to Cañon City in 2018 to attend Worldview at the Abbey, a one-year theological program through Trinity International University. Over the Fall and Spring of 2019-2020 he interned at The Bridge Youth Center (also in Cañon City) and ministered to the youth that attended. During his free time, Luke loves to build websites, hike, camp, fish, snowboard, drive (especially off-road), explore, and spend time with friends and family. By the way, the easiest way to his heart is with a box of Oreos.

Luke is super excited to see how God will continue to work in his life and the people around him during this summer. Christ’s undying love and protection over Luke and his family has been mind-blowing, especially with the dangerous and politically unstable environment in Zimbabwe and through all the times he’s moved (eight in the past six year). He’s most excited by the opportunity to grow in his faith over the summer and the prospect of spending most of every day out in Creation.

Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory will be joining our team for her second summer this year! She was born and raised in Clifton, a small town tucked away in the beautiful hill country of central Texas. Growing up she loved to spend time outdoors fishing, exploring and playing in the creek with her six siblings. She moved to Cañon City in September of 2018 to attend Worldview at the Abbey, an academic bridge year program. After graduating she jumped right into her first summer with Journey Quest. When Emmaline isn’t rafting, you can find her outside rock climbing, in a random field practicing her handstand walks, working out with the tight community of ladies at Fit101 or at her off season job where she’s slinging out delicious coffee and repairing bikes at the local coffee/bike shop. She loves spending time with her family, stargazing, fly fishing, writing music and getting involved in epic prank battles!  Emmaline is excited for the challenges that lay ahead this summer as she pursues God, human relationships, and continues to learn to lean wholly on Christ.

 

Daniel Ramsey

Daniel Ramsey

Lt. Dan (or Slim) is a second year guide hailing from the east coast state of Connecticut. His first year has wet his appetite for adventure, and he is back for more! He has several ideas on what his career will be, and he trusts in the Lord to help guide his searching (get it? guide?). He adores mornings and imbibing jitter juice, dogs, singing, and an occasional video game. He loves music/singing, goofing off, saying the wrong things at the right time, anything involving food and eating, good friends, reading, eye contact and face to face conversation, the great outdoors, most forms of art, and corny dad jokes. He stinks at technology and wishes most of it would go die. Making people laugh is his favorite pastime, and he hopes he can do so for you!
This year Lt. Dan hopes to grow in his knowledge of and experience in outdoor activities, expand his understanding of God and His creation, continue learning and practicing his hobbies, and in all he does to give glory to the one who has given him life and salvation. All glory be to Christ our King! Matthew 6:33.

Jen Rhoades

Jen Rhoades

This is Jen’s (aka, cock eyed brow, aka Juniper, aka hanger breaker, aka screech) third year as a guide for Journey Quest, and while she will only be able to guide part time, she is beyond excited to still be a part of this awesome community! Jen made the move from Missouri to Colorado in 2017 to complete her first year of college with Worldview Academy. Her passion is to continue to pursue her outdoor leadership degree and work with outdoor therapy centers and youth. Her favorite pass times are making people laugh, dancing like a crazy woman whenever the opportunity arrives, writing, and being outside in any capacity. Due to many health complications and a recent diagnosis of Crohns disease, her plans seem to be have been put on hold and life is having to look a little slower. Jen sees the growth God is taking her through in this time of uncertainty and is constantly relearning that her identity is solely in Christ and not in her ability to do things.

Jen’s fondest memories from the summer time are the moments on week long trips, whether it’s laughter over washing dishes with her fellow guides, long talks with a student, or trekking up the peak hike with a group further than they ever thought they were capable of going. While she will not be as involved this summer, her prayer is still the same: “Lord use me in whatever way you see fit, let me not get in the way, and may your light be shown to every guest and student I come in contact with.” Who’s ready for an incredible summer!?

Wyatt Cosat

Wyatt Cosat

Wyatt Cosat is ready to join Journey Quest as a first year guide. He was born and raised in Canon City, Colorado with a loving and supportive church family and friends who love the outdoors. From a young age he’s desired to be a river guide but was not expecting the opportunity to come about. As of May of 2019 he signed the dotted line and became a Sailor in the US Navy with hopes to return to Canon after his contract. He loves fishing, hiking, exploring, and learning. When not busy with friends and family, you can find Wyatt in his sweet spot making stuff whether it be woodworking or welding. Wyatt and his friends  always make the most of every moment when together and try to make as many laughs as possible. Wyatt truly can’t wait to see how this time will prepare and equip him further to share his faith within the realm of the Navy while continuing to build a strong foundation towards Christ.

Kileen Miller

Kileen Miller

Kileen is excited to join Journey Quest for her first year as a guide! She is originally from Colorado, and just moved back after living in Newberg, OR where she attended George Fox University. During her time at George Fox she deepened her understanding of God and ministry, by pursuing a degree in Christian Ministry. She really enjoys hanging out with middle and high schoolers, and she desires to continue working in youth ministry. Some of her favorite things are gymnastics on horses (aka equestrian vaulting), being outdoors, bad jokes (especially bad puns), turning bad situations into adventures, praying in community, handstand competitions, bonding with strangers, and laughter. Recently God has been showing her that He is always revealing Himself and speaking, so she hopes to learn to listen and recognize the infinite ways God is present! This summer she is looking forward to being in communion with creation, others, and God!

Duncan Frost

Duncan Frost

Duncan Frost is super excited and ready to join Journey Quest as a first-year guide. He was born in Zimbabwe and spent the first fourteen years of his life there before he moved to New York in 2012. Since then he has lived in New Jersey, Wisconsin, California, and now Canon City, Colorado. He grew up on a farm with his two brothers, so the adventure of the outdoors is no strange place for Duncan. He has loved the river ever since he became a Kayak instructor in the summer of 2019 and is excited to get back on the water. Snowboarding, hiking, climbing, water skiing, fishing, and exploring are just a few things he loves to do whenever he gets the opportunity. He loves being immersed in the vast wilderness God has created for each one of us and cannot wait to get started as a Journey Quest river guide to see where God leads him next.

Kyle Rogness
Luke Frost
Emmaline Guillory
Daniel Ramsey
Jen Rhoades
Wyatt Cosat
Kileen Miller
Duncan Frost

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